Often nicknamed doughnut or roundabout city thanks to the number of large roundabouts located in and around the town, Basingstoke is the second largest town in Hampshire with a population of approximately 175,730 people and 76,000 dwellings.
Basingstoke is home to industries including IT, Insurance, and telecommunications and many large companies including GAME, Motorola, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Company and Sony Professional Solutions have located their UK or European headquarters in Basingstoke seeing it become an important economic centre. The most notable household name to come from Basingstoke’s retail/ design industry is Thomas Burberry who opened his first shop in Basingstoke in 1856 and eventually expanded to into the global brand as it is known today.
The physical expansion of Basingstoke is limited by the M3 south of the town and green belt found to the north and north-east causing it to form into what is likened to a kite shape. Villages including Oaklet and Cliddesden sit as entities in their own right despite being located at the edge of the town due to these boundary limits. An expansion in the population of Basingstoke in line with a worldwide increase has seen Popley, Hatch Warren and Beggarwood experience a rapid growth in housing to accommodate demand – all of these houses are of course screaming for some fabulous new shutters to dress their windows!
Nature lovers visiting or living in Basingstoke will likely spend their time at Eastrop park which is home to a boating lake with pedal boats for hire and the model boat club, a children’s play area, paddling pool, tree trial and an abundance of organised walks hosted at the park for all abilities. Cyclists on Route 23 of the national cycle network will also find themselves travelling through the park. Other outdoor favourites in the area are Crabtree plantation or Black Dam Ponds where patient spectators might enjoy some bird watching. Fans of the arts will likely be found at Haymarket theatre enjoying a show put on by local talent and theatrical groups as well as celebrity musicians, comedians, and performers.
Festival Place opened in October 2002 giving a huge boost to the town centre and transforming the former The Walks Shopping Centre and the New Market Square into a central hub of retail activity. Visitors have the choice of a range of shops and cafes to enjoy and even catch a film at the Vue Cinema. There is further shopping to be done in the Malls and the Top of Town so shopaholics won’t be disappointed with the choice available.
Outside the town centre, there is a leisure park which hosts the Aquadrome swimming pool. The park also features an ice rink, bowling alley, Indoor sky-diving centre with ski and surf machines, Bingo club and Odeon cinema as well as a restaurant and fast food outlets. The leisure park is home to the living history Milestones Museum which contains a network of streets and buildings including a 1940s candy store and antique cars based on the history of Hampshire allowing visitors to take a step back in time.
Sports spectators in Basingstoke may support the Football or Rugby club, Hockey team, Swimming team or American Flag Football team so there is plenty of choice for local watching.
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